March 4th, 2019

Monday of Quinquagesima


First Reading: Job 36:1-21


 1 Elihu continued:

 2 "Bear with me a little longer and I will show you
       that there is more to be said in God's behalf.

 3 I get my knowledge from afar;
       I will ascribe justice to my Maker.

 4 Be assured that my words are not false;
       one perfect in knowledge is with you.

 5 "God is mighty, but does not despise men;
       he is mighty, and firm in his purpose.

 6 He does not keep the wicked alive
       but gives the afflicted their rights.

 7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous;
       he enthrones them with kings
       and exalts them forever.

 8 But if men are bound in chains,
       held fast by cords of affliction,

 9 he tells them what they have done—
       that they have sinned arrogantly.

 10 He makes them listen to correction
       and commands them to repent of their evil.

 11 If they obey and serve him,
       they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity
       and their years in contentment.

 12 But if they do not listen,
       they will perish by the sword [a]
       and die without knowledge.

 13 "The godless in heart harbor resentment;
       even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help.

 14 They die in their youth,
       among male prostitutes of the shrines.

 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering;
       he speaks to them in their affliction.

 16 "He is wooing you from the jaws of distress
       to a spacious place free from restriction,
       to the comfort of your table laden with choice food.

 17 But now you are laden with the judgment due the wicked;
       judgment and justice have taken hold of you.

 18 Be careful that no one entices you by riches;
       do not let a large bribe turn you aside.

 19 Would your wealth
       or even all your mighty efforts
       sustain you so you would not be in distress?

 20 Do not long for the night,
       to drag people away from their homes. [b]

 21 Beware of turning to evil,
       which you seem to prefer to affliction.

Footnotes:Job 36:12 Or will cross the River Job 36:20 The meaning of the Hebrew for verses 18-20 is uncertain.


Second Reading: John 11:38-57


Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

 38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39"Take away the stone," he said.
      "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."

 40Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

 41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."

 43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
      Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

The Plot to Kill Jesus

 45Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

   "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place[a] and our nation."

 49Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all! 50You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."

 51He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

 54Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.

 55When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. 56They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple area they asked one another, "What do you think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?" 57But the chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.

Footnotes:John 11:48 Or temple


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